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Mt. Abe may trim three positions to cut costs

Posted on January 7, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Scrambling to cobble together an unexpected $475,000 in spending cuts, the Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors Tuesday reviewed preliminary cost savings that include eliminating three staff positions as well as trimming funding for maintenance and technology spending.

The cuts come after the board discovered last month that an accounting mistake would in many ways send administrators back to square one to draft the high school’s 2010-2011 spending plan, all while grappling with an unexpected deficit nearing $500,000.

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Bristol Rescue at a crucial crossroads

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Faced with a diminishing number of volunteers, the Bristol Rescue Squad is at a crossroads: Unless the squad adds a paid staff member to its currently all-volunteer roster, President Brian Fox is worried the ambulance corps won’t be able to meet the demand for its services in the Five Town region.

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Teacher puckers up for 'Peanut Butter' kiss

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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BRISTOL — With temperatures hovering near zero degrees, Peanut Butter’s breath sent little clouds of vapor out into the air beside the Bristol Elementary School gym Tuesday morning. The five-month-old Hereford calf from New Haven’s Cloverset Farm danced around the school’s parking lot, tossing the head upon which sat a festive little Santa’s cap.

In just a few minutes, Peanut Butter would trot through the door to the gym, eye the crowd of delighted schoolchildren, and then parade to the front of the gym for her big debut in the “Kiss the Cow” raffle at the elementary school.

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Mt. Abe faces unexpected $475,000 in spending cuts

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — An accounting mistake sent up a major roadblock for the Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors this week, sending school board members and administrators back to square one to draft the high school’s 2010-2011 spending plan all while grappling with an unexpected additional $475,000 in necessary cuts.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Business Manager explained that an incomplete estimate in the early budget drafts put the “balance forward” number in the school budget much higher than is accurate.

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Mt. Abe-VUHS football team closer to reality

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL/VERGENNES — Football boosters, athletic directors and players and coaches alike in Bristol and Vergennes are mulling over a plan that could spark the first cooperative, cross-district football team in Vermont.

The Vergennes Union High School board of directors discussed the burgeoning plan Monday, and VUHS Athletic Director Peter Maneen said that so far, the reception for the idea has been largely positive.

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Bristol town plan heads toward March vote

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — A public hearing in Bristol this week on the proposed Bristol Town Plan returned to familiar ground: the hot button issue of gravel extraction.

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Residents in Bristol to weigh in on gravel plan

Posted on December 14, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission next week will likely wrap up a months-long march toward a new zoning regulation that would govern gravel pits in town. After that, the commission will shuttle the draft rules off to the selectboard, with an eye toward taking the new rules to the town for a vote on Town Meeting Day.

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Bristol voters back Holley Hall repairs

Posted on December 10, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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BRISTOL — Bristol voters by a margin of 133 to 75 voted on Tuesday to approve a bond of up to $750,000 to repair Holley Hall.

The 208 voters who turned out for the special vote represented a little less than 8 percent of the town’s voter checklist. While selectboard Chair Carol Wells said the turnout was disappointing, she was pleased with the outcome of the vote.

“Obviously, I’m excited that it passed,” Wells said. “Now we can move on to the next phase of finalizing the plan and trying to get the best bid possible and start securing other funds to reduce the bond.”

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Bristol to vote on Holley Hall repairs

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Bristol voters this week will consider the second of two large bond votes in recent months when they take to the polls Tuesday to weigh a $750,000 bond to fund Holley Hall repairs and renovations.

The vote comes after voters on Aug. 25 agreed 142 to 87 to move forward with a $1.5 million stormwater system upgrade.

The Holley Hall improvements would focus on making the building more handicap accessible, fixing structural and wiring problems, adding insulation and reorganizing the basement town offices.

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Mt. Abe paves new paths to graduation

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Imagine a high school curriculum that takes a science lesson out of the lab and into nearby fields and forests, or an art class that requires students to take photos in their communities rather than in a classroom studio. Consider a physics unit that does away with textbooks in favor of rebuilding a car’s engine, or a music lesson that requires a student to build an instrument in addition to playing one.

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